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Colorado adds potential impact playmaker with grad transfer RB Ramon Jefferson

On the heels of losing its leading rusher for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Colorado dipped into the transfer portal to secure the services of a potential impact grad transfer.

Ramon Jefferson, a former Sam Houston State running back with over 3,000 career rushing yards, announced his commitment to the Buffaloes on Twitter Monday. Jefferson will have just one season of eligibility.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound runner began his collegiate career at Maine in 2018 before transferring to Garden City (Kan.) Community College for the 2019 season. He landed with Sam Houston State ahead of the 2020 campaign and spent two years with the Bearkats.

At each stop, Jefferson posted strong numbers. With Maine in 2018, he had 1,037 yards and eight scores on the ground. In his first season with the Broncbusters, Jefferson had 994 rushing yards (6.3 per carry) and 13 touchdowns in 11 games. Jefferson ran for 752 yards in six games with Sam Houston State in 2020, helping the Bearkats win a National Championship over South Dakota State. This past season, he ran for 1,155 yards (6.7 per carry) and 13 scores.

Jarek Broussard, the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2020, entered the transfer portal on Jan. 13 and recently announced his commitment to Michigan State. His departure from the Buffs’ backfield left only four scholarship backs—sixth-year senior Alex Fontenot, fifth-year junior Deion Smith, third-year sophomore Jayle Stacks, and 2022 signee Victor Venn.

“Obviously, I know that with me having just one year (of eligibility) left, any school that came to me would need me this year,” Jefferson told Rivals’ Justin Guerriero. (Colorado) reached out to me given their circumstances and I felt like I could come in and get the job done. … I feel like I’ll fit that with what they want and what they need—I feel like I can contribute greatly.”

Derek Peterson
Derek Peterson comes to the Pac-12 after years of serving as a college football beat writer at Oklahoma and Nebraska. He's a firm believer that teams should never punt. Email Derek at

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